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Toco toucan (Ramphastos toco)
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Piciformes
Suborder: Pici
Infraorder: Ramphastides
Vigors, 1825

Barbets, Ramphastides is an infraorder of the Piciformes order, that includes toucans and barbets. Formerly the barbets have been classified in a single family, Capitonidae.[1] However, this has turned out to be paraphyletic with regard to toucans which resulted Capitonidae being split up into several families.[2][3]


Ramphastides contains five extant families. Sometimes Ramphastides is treated as the superfamily Ramphastoidea.[4]


  1. ^ LL Short, JFM Horne (2002) Family Capitonidae (barbets). in del Hoyo J., Elliott A. & Christie D.A. (2004) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 7. Jamacars to Woodpeckers Lynx Edicions, Barcelona Template:Catalog lookup linkScript error
  2. ^ Sibley, Charles Gald & Ahlquist, Jon Edward (1990): Phylogeny and classification of birds. Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn.
  3. ^ Moyle, R. G. (2004). Phylogenetics of barbets (Aves: Piciformes) based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 30(1), 187-200.
  4. ^ Simpson, S. F., & Cracraft, J. (1981). The phylogenetic relationships of the Piciformes (Class Aves). The Auk, 481-494.

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